By Ryan Velez
Harvey Weinstein’s s*xual harassment allegations are already causing massive ripples through the world of film and possibly beyond. We’ve already covered all the money he stands to lose from being ousted from the company he co-founded as well as his divorce. We’ve also mentioned how there is a rumor of Jay-Z potentially teaming with investors to take the share of The Weinstein Company that is potentially up for grabs. Now, Celebrity Net Worth reports that Amazon has taken a massive financial hit by canceling a show that he produced, starring Robert De Niro.
Amazon was footing the bill for an untitled show that would have been directed by David O. Russell, starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, and produced by Harvey Weinstein. After the allegations came to light, the streaming service decided to shut down pre-production of the untitled show and ultimately scrapped the show. In total, the show would have cost $160 million in total. However, Amazon has already put together $40 million in pre-production costs before the announcement.
Granted, Weinstein’s issues may not be the only thing currently affecting Amazon’s productions lately. The boss of Amazon Studios, Roy Price is the subject of his own set of s*xual harassment claims leveled against him. Price was put on leave of absence on Oct. 12, and stepped down from his position on Oct. 17. In addition, the work done to date was already described as “chaotic.” A part of this was De Niro’s price of $1 million per episode. While an actor of his caliber can command a rate like that, this price was enough to cause other networks to reject offers to carry the show.
After Amazon’s announcement to cancel the show, Russell, De Niro, and Moore gave the following combined statement: "We support Amazon's decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show." This isn’t the only production that Weinstein was involved with prior to the allegations, so it will be interesting to see if other projects follow suit, or try to push through. Considering that Weinstein isn’t necessarily the face of any projects as a producer, some may want to press their luck, especially if they are further along in the production than this show was.